Martha Lavey and Anna D. Shapiro have their first assignments for the new era at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. After Lavey hands off the reins to Shapiro this fall, ending her 20-year tenure as Steppenwolf's artistic director, she'll join the cast of Bruce Norris's Domesticated in December. And for Shapiro's first act as artistic director, she'll stage the premiere of Tracy Letts's new play, Mary Page Marlowe, to open next spring.
Steppenwolf revealed other casting for the upcoming season, including the full cast for Frank Galati's new adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden, which opens the season. Terry Kinney will direct Steppenwolf ensemble members Kate Arrington as Cathy Trask, Francis Guinan as Samuel Hamilton, Tim Hopper as Adam Trask and Alan Wilder as Dr. Murphy and Mr. Bacon, along with Casey Thomas Brown as Aron Trask, Aaron Himelstein as Caleb Trask, Elizabeth Laidlaw as Eva/Mrs. Bacon/Nurse, Stephen Park as Lee, Brittany Uomoleale as Abra Bacon and Dan Waller as Joe and Will Hamilton.
Joining Lavey in Domesticated, directed by Norris, are ensemble members Alana Arenas, Tom Irwin and Mariann Mayberry. Ensemble members Tim Hopper and James Vincent Meredith are locked in for Stephen Adly Guirgis's Between Riverside and Crazy, the final production of the season, in summer 2016. Additional casting for those two productions remains to be announced; no casting has been revealed for the 17-actor Mary Page Marlowe, or for the Chicago premiere of Annie Baker's The Flick, to be directed by Dexter Bullard.